We encourage participation by all who use and value The Pinnacle Nature Reserve.
On 20th July 2016 we had 79 members and a further 111 interested people on our email lists.
You don't have to be a member to participate in (or initiate) fotpin activities; just ask to be put on the email list and we'll keep you informed, or keep checking the website, particularly "What's on". However, by becoming a member (which is free) it helps us understand your interests and tailor activities to them, and it gives you a voice in our (low key) formal decision making processes.
Participate in weed control
Controlling weeds in The Pinnacle Nature Reserve is one of our biggest challenges (see weeds on The Pinnacle).
All equipment necessary for the activities described below is supplied by fotpin.
Weather permitting, weeding teams patrol the Reserve every Thursday morning, grubbing the seasonal weeds. There are weekend teams as well, the frequency of which depends on the season, but which occur at least monthly.
Contact Bob (Thursdays) or Len (weekends) to receive regular emails regarding upcoming weeding activities.
Spraying. Those of us certified to use herbicides (in accordance with the requirements of ACT Parks and Conservation) will be spraying St. John's Wort, African Lovegrass, Paterson's Curse, Verbascum, Thistles, Briars and and Blackberry when conditions are appropriate in spring and summer.
Slashing. An effective method to control Saffron Thistle (and some other weeds) is slashing just prior to seed setting. We use both brushcutters and scythes, as appropriate. Slashing mainly occurs in late Spring.
Prior to using a brushcutter or scythe on The Pinnacle, volunteers are required to receive brief training from ACT Parks and Conservation Service for Health and Safety purposes; this is arranged by fotpin.
See our current activities page for the full list of opportunities to participate in our quest to protect and enhance the
ecological values of the Reserve.